25 Best Body Language Tips – Dos and Don’t.
Body Language is the deciding factors for most of the interview panels to judge candidate’s right from the point you enter the firm’s premises till you leave your interview room. It can take hardly minutes for an interviewer to make an opinion of you. So it’s crucial for you to know these body language tips.
As we know actions speak louder than words, it’s crucial to keep your first impressions via body language perfect, since research shows 50% of the interviewer use body language to identify the candidate’s nature. Based on their behavior, interviewer takes a call whether the candidate is fit to his current live project or not.
It’s true that certain body languages are directly proportional to your daily behavior and doesn’t change but certain body language can also be controlled by keeping these points in mind and doesn’t require any sort of practice in front of the mirror.
The most crucial out of all is how the HR Recruiters judge you – They are the ones who only see how you behave but they won’t see how you are feeling nor can judge you’re technically in your skill set apart from judging or analyzing you from your resume or resume format.
It’s the HR Recruiters sometimes play a major role to select or reject a candidate especially in the event of selection clashes when the number of positions to offer is limited. So, body languages also play a crucial role here.
Do’s as per Body Language.
1. Appear Confident.
- It’s crucial for you to look as professional and confidence as possible from the outset. Since you will begin to judge at every level by the interviewer based on your behavior or body language changes.
- We all know confidence is the key to excel in all situations and can be evenly expressed in interviews as well.
- Confidence visible in all aspects of your life and even in an interview can be seen at every moment – The way you enter an organization, the way you look, the way you speak, the way you walk and even the way you sit in an interview.
- Will recommend you to have this confidence shine all around you especially in your interview process. If you follow this, half the battle is won.
2. Make the right entry.
- Every person has an additional creative talent in their own field; this gives some rights for such person to judge others. This is true even in the case of your interview, where the interviewer has experience in judging the candidates by just looking at you in the initial 30 seconds.
- These initial 30 seconds for the recruiter and the interviewer can be based on the way you make an entry in the office or the way you walk towards the interview room area and can give immediate signals on the type of candidate you are.
- You are expected to be confident and calm. This may not be the right time for you to adjust your bag or hair or to start searching your educational or other certificates.
3. Walk Confidently.
- It’s very crucial for you to work on the way you walk. In our day to day life, you may have ignored the importance on the way you walk but during interviews, it makes a huge difference.
- Interviewer often makes a hiring judgment within the first 30 seconds of meeting you on the way you walk.
- Avoid meeting any friends or having a break in between especially on your way to the interview room.
- Walking zig-zak with your shoulders pulled back and neck elongated with a mismatch of every step is a clear sign of rejection due to lack of focus.
4. Deliver a firm Handshake.
- A weak handshake not only indicates a lack of confidence, it can also be very awkward. It’s also true not to have a bone crunching handshake as well.
- So it’s always recommended that you mirror your interviewer’s handshake and apply the same amount of pressure as well. It’s always advisable to deliver a firm but friendly handshake.
- One thing which every interviewer believes that if your handshake is firm (less than 3 seconds) then you are more likely to demonstrate confident, create good bonding and also becomes more memorable to your interviewer.
- An importance of eye contact with descent smile is also simultaneously necessary at the time of handshake.
- Make sure that you carry your file or bag or another on the left hand so that you may not enter a state of confusion at the time of handshake by the right hand.
5. Nod as required.
- Even though it’s necessary for you to have an eye and face contact it’s also necessary at the same time to keep your head nodding especially while listening to an interviewer.
- The way you nod gives a clue to the interviewer that you are attentive.
- It is always recommended to nod your head occasionally instead of nodding of everything.
- Too much nodding will give a negative impression that you are hardly listening or may be trying too hard to please.
6. Importance of Good Posture.
- The main aim of every candidate is to look confident in the interview room for which it is must for an individual to sit straight.
- Avoid being too stiff, but make sure that you sit firm and lean your back straight against the chair. This gives an automatic signal of assurance and confidence.
- It’s Ok sometimes to lean forward slightly, as it shows the interviewer that you are listening.
- However, I will recommend that you sit straight but instead of leaning back on the chair you leave some space in between.
- Sitting up straight is considered as a sign of intelligence, confidence, and credibility.
7. Hand (Palm) Movements.
- It’s always advisable to keep your hands in your lap and express or do gestures but only when you are speaking.
- Too many gestures using your hand may look like you being aggressive in nature and this negative point can be the final decider for your job as well.
- Also, if we keep our hands hidden can be considered or misinterpreted as distrustful behavior.
- It’s fine to be animated and gesticulate with your hands to make a point but make sure that you don’t try to clench your fist or wave your hands around in order to make a point, else it may look seem like you are nervous or unpredictable.
- Make sure that you don’t bite your nails as it may appear you being nervous or distracting the interviewer.
- Also as per research – “When you are really nervous, you tend to hide your hands because they express your anxiety.” So please don’t hide your hands too much.
8. Show your Palms.
- Keeping your palms facing up is a sign of openness and honesty so keep them in your lap. (Try and see the difference). It’s the limbic brain that picks up the positivity, which will make the interviewer comfortable.
- Also as per research, upward- facing body languages such as open palms, smiles, and straight posture always makes you look energetic.
9. Make Eye contact.(Body Language Tips)
- This is one of the best ways to indicate that you are actually alert, paying attention and engaging with the situation.
- This doesn’t mean that you stare the interviewer throughout and distract him (try to have an eye contact for few seconds at a time)
- The reason why interviewer focus on eye contact is to decide whether they can trust you or not. So maintaining good eye contact is an effective way to convey that you are trustworthy.
10. Maintain the personal space.
- Make sure that you keep a comfortable distance from the interviewer.
- We are also aware that in some cases you need to adjust within the space given by the interviewer.
- It is expected that you have at least 20 inches away, if possible. Too much closeness or too away can make the interviewer feel uncomfortable and may lower your chances of selection as well.
11. Polite Voice tone.
- I remember the day when I went for an interview in one of the firms in Mumbai for Software Developer position where the interviewer told me, Nitin you behave like an Army Officer and you need to change your voice pitch which may not suit the type of job you applied.
- On this day, I came to know the importance of right tone in the interview.
- Do keep a voice tone in such a way that it is polite but not too loud or not too soft.
- It is also important for you to speak slowly in such a way that you keep the natural tone intact.
12. Show Interest.
- I have observed most of the candidates come with the intentions only to finish the interview or without showing an interest to join and also analyzed that such candidates are the one who usually gets rejected.
- Make sure that you show interest and hide any disinterest to join even though you already have a job offer or offers in hand.
- I remember the days where we HR Recruiters used to judge the candidates based only on the interest they had on their facial expressions. So, it is important for you to stay positive and happy even while having a conversation in the waiting area or on your way to interview room.
- It is also important for you to show your interest on the type of skills or job offered by the interviewer.
13. Look relaxed.
- I do believe certain things in life are sometimes out of control and we don’t have control on it, same as body language.
- Too much concentration on body language can even make you look or appear stressed.
- So even though we know the importance of your expressions and gestures it is also important for you to look relaxed as well.
14. An art of Listening. (Body Language Tips)
- Some candidates give importance to all crucial aspects to follow in the interview but fail to identify the art of listening.
- We do believe that your facial expressions will respond automatically on the way you listen to the interviewer. In an interview, you may misinterpret based on your lack of listening ability, in such cases, you are more likely to lose some points or might even get rejected. So it is necessary for you to stay calm and listen carefully to every word. Also, make sure that you don’t close your eyes or move too ahead to listen which also indicates your failure to listen.
15. An art of Departing.
- At a certain point, we do think that the interview is over, but the interviewer is more likely to read you from the way you act ahead.
- The way you gather your things can make the interviewer to identify your behavior.
- You are expected to be too calm, smile and decent handshake to thank for the valuable time along with polite good bye at the end is important.
- Don’t forget to thank the Hr Recruiter who played a major role to shortlist and schedule your interview.
16. Importance of a deep breath.
- It is advice for every candidate that you breathe deeply and speaks on the exhale.
- Research shows that deep breathing engages our parasympathetic reaction, which calms us down.
- So it is important for every candidate to focus on the breathing as a vital part of the interview process.
- It is also recommended that you take 10 deep breaths before the interview since it may help you to reduce your heart rate, blood pressure and even your stress hormone levels as well.
17. Eye Brow movements (Lie Detecting Panel).
- I still remember the day when I met a person whose profession was to act as a supporting to the main Tech or HR Interview Panel.
- These panels are usually used for MPSC Exams or for State or National Level high-security positions in India, Scotland, Australia and US.
- The key focus of such panels is to see your facial expressions along with your eyebrow and chin movement.
- The way your eyebrow moves gives clear hint about the candidate is telling a lie or providing fake or misleading answers in an interview based on which the candidate is judged or even rejected.
18. Plan your feet movements.
- It is important for you to plan your feet movements and is recommended that you have it grounded since it does have some scientific reasons to do so.
- The study says that females should never cross at the knees, but rather at the angles – as it allows them to switch if necessary without being obvious.
- Research shows that planted feet on the ground can help you go between your creative thought and highly complex rational thought.
19. Focus on all Interviewers.
- Candidates seem easy to handle situations in case of single interview panel but fail to get disturbed or lose concentration in the event of focusing on multiple interview panels. So, make sure that you focus on all interviewers in the case of multiple interviewer panels.
- The candidate usually faces hurdles in group interviews, where it is must to make eye contact with the entire interview panel.
- Will advise you to address the person who asked the questions for a while then within seconds you move your focus or glance one at every interviewer before coming back to the first interviewer.
20. At the Interviewer desk.
- Make sure that you follow these basic disciplines of the interview at the interview desk where one needs to behave the right way in order to succeed. Here, it’s the Interview panel that is going to analyze your daily habits of disciple and compare it with his project needs.
- Will recommend that if you plan to open your folder you carry, make sure it is well organized (Else it will show you are unorganized person in your life)
- Keep all your belongings on the floor beside you other than your resume or any presentable contents on the table.
- It is advised not to hold your briefcase or handbag on your lap since it may make you feel uncomfortable or distracted with the process of the interview.
21. Do assess yourself.
- It is sure that when you appear for the interview, your interviewer is definitely going to assess you.
- So will advise that before your interviewer assesses or analyze your basic mistakes, it’s better you ask one of your good friends to access you first.
- Since I do believe that your best friend may know basic body language which you lack much before the interviewer tells you.
- Your best friend may highlight some of your unusual habits or annoying behavior such as excessive frowning, hair twirling, head scratching, etc.
- It’s necessary to work on such weaknesses of yours since it may betray you in an interview causing you to look nervous or untrustworthy.
- Sometimes it’s even safe to rehearse your interview in front of the mirror or camera.
- Body languages can only be improved based on how you practice good body language which can help you feel more natural and relaxed during the interview.
22. Smile whenever required.
- Smile one of the crucial weapons which few candidates used in order to get selected.
- I remember panels who have selected candidates based on the positive effect created by the candidates based on the smiling faces.
- We all know that job interview sometimes creates pressure thereby making us nervous as well. In such cases, a smile can lower the stress and make you relaxed.
- It is advisable to have a smile whenever or wherever necessary and refrain from overdoing it.
- You can laugh when the interviewer does or says something funny but make sure that you have control on the volume of your laugh as well.
- I remember one of the Managers in my last organization that uses to crack funny but boring jokes and still used to expect candidates to laugh and then judges on the same. Make sure you adjust in such situations to bring an adjustable smile to some extent.
- It’s the smile which makes you friendly, accessible and kind person.
- It is good to smile at the moment you greet first and at the end of the interview with a word of Thanks.
23. Lean In
- It is said that your posture is an integral part of your nonverbal conversation.
- Make sure that you learn little forward especially when the interviewer is engaged in a conversation with you.
- You’re right lean actions will give signals to the interviewer that you are demonstrating interest while listening.
24. Match with the Interviewer.
- The way an interviewer analyze you during your interview it’s necessary for you also to match with his positive body language as much as possible which further helps in engagement with the interviewer during the process of the interview.
- Mirroring is a well-known rapport building technique, which involves matching your own body language to the interviewer’s body language.
- You need to try your level best to match with the handshake, the nods, and the smile.
- Mirroring the interview is a talent which everyone may not do comfortably. Too much mirroring can make the interviewer uncomfortable.
- A benefit of using this technique is to establish common ground and foster mutual respect.
25. Don’t overlook the little things.
- Make sure that you have the basic hygiene maintained like clean shave, ironed clothes, shoe polish, nails cut, turn your cell phone off, keep your head up, keep your still off, etc.
So there are my personal top 25 Tips to improve your body language. If you know any other points which I may have missed out then do let me us know in the comments below.